Author Archives: Topher Kessler

Dos and Donts for managing data on external hard drives

USBDriveIconXYour data is the most important aspect of your computer, and unfortunately we often don’t realize this until we’re faced with the possibility of having lost exceptionally valuable (if not priceless) work. This can happen as easily as a computer suddenly shutting off on you and no longer booting, or when you attach an external hard drive containing all of your files, only to find it will not mount and cannot be repaired. Continue reading

How to manage inactivated e-mail accounts in OS X

MailIconYosemiteXWhen you start a new job or join a new group, club, service, or other organization, you may be given an e-mail account to use with that service. You then may set this account up in Mail so you can access it quickly from your iOS and Mac OS devices, in addition to any Web client your provider may use. However, if you are terminated or otherwise leave your organization then access to new e-mail may be restricted and you will no longer be able to receive new messages. Continue reading

How to enable screen sharing services remotely in OS X

ScreenSharingIconXIf you have any Mac that you would like to manage remotely, then you can enable Screen Sharing or Remote Management in the Sharing system preferences. However, if these become disabled or if you keep them disabled by default, then you will not be able to access your system. Nevertheless, if you have Remote Login enabled and can establish an SSH connection, then you can take a few steps to re-enable Screen Sharing. Continue reading

How to manage “No Backup for XX Days” warnings in OS X

TimeMachineIconXWhile enterprise-level backup options may offer robust solutions for workgroups, Apple’s Time Machine service is a great backup option to use for a single machine since it preserves the OS configuration along with all user data and applications. However, if you have used several Time Machine drives over time, you may find OS X suddenly showing Notification Center warnings that there have been no backups for a given number of days. Continue reading

Using the OS X crash reporter to diagnose a program failure

PanicReporterIconXWhenever a program crashes in OS X, you are presented with a small window that indicates the program quit unexpectedly (Apple’s vernacular for “it crashed”). Whenever this happens, first choose the default option in this window to ignore the issue, and then try relaunching your program. However, if it occurs again then you may find some quick answers in the crash report that can be opened by clicking the “Report” button. Continue reading

How to present and record your iPhone or iPad on your Mac

iPhoneIconXEvery now and then you may wish to display something from your iPhone or iPad on your Mac. This may be during a presentation, or just for kicks, but if you have content on your phone and while you can always use various sharing services to send content to people or even to your Mac for displaying, another very quick approach can be done if you simply have an available lightning cable. Continue reading

How to address ‘Battery Not Charging’ errors for your Mac

BatteryIconXWhen you plug your MacBook’s power adapter in and its light turns amber, your system’s battery should charge; however, there may be times when this does not occur, and upon clicking the Battery menu you will see a notice that says “Battery Not Charging.” Despite this, the system will work fine as long as the power is plugged in, but if you disconnect power then the battery will progressively drain. Continue reading